Violence in our Community

Our community of Barre, VT is experiencing a range of emotions related to the tragic murder / suicide of July 4, noted here https://www.timesargus.com/…/two-dead-in-suspected-murder-…/. Our hearts break with all those impacted by this tragic event. These days are ones in which we grieve, are confounded, and rage. As a faith community, we do not do so alone, rather alongside a God we trust is grieving, too. Both our prayers and our work will be toward a world with less violence, following in Jesus’ own model as the Prince of Peace. While today might not yet be a day to “do something,” our friends Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence offer these suggestions for when the time is right.
ACT UP: contact your local domestic violence services organization to ask how you can support people with abusive partners and help activate your community (to find a local domestic violence organization near you, go to www.vtnetwork.org.)
SPEAK UP: Make your voice heard by contacting your legislator to express your concerns and your wishes (such as resources for domestic violence prevention, services for people who are abusive in their relationships, services for people who have an abusive partner, supports for children, and firearms regulations.) You can also write a Letter to the Editor of your local paper to raise awareness.
BUILD UP: Create community building opportunities/gatherings/events – violence happens more easily in isolation.
SHORE UP: Children and youth need a robust understanding of healthy relationships – ask your local school to collaborate with you so that kids are supported to choose love and respect over violence.
We believe in a world where all people thrive. Share how you are creating your own thriving homes, communities and world in the comment section with hashtag #dvhomicidefreevt.

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